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Defend the right to protest- Drop the fines against ROSA activists!

In the first known charge of its kind under the Public Health Act Covid regulations, members of ROSA have been fined up to €500 and face prosecution over safe, outdoor protests highlighting gender violence during the pandemic. This follows activists in Belfast receiving fines of £200 for organising similar protests. ROSA called small but vital socially-distanced protests in several cities ...

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The Delta threat: Premature opening of hospitality as Covid cases spike

By Cathal Curran  The more contagious Delta variant of Covid is driving record infection numbers across Europe. The Netherlands, for example, recorded over 10,000 new cases in one day. Delta is now the dominant strain here. This forms the backdrop of the newest push from the hospitality sector lobby and their backers in government and opposition parties to reopen indoor ...

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No to layoffs at Cork Airport: Re-nationalise Aer Lingus!

By Mick Barry Hundreds of workers are facing temporary layoff in September when Cork Airport shuts for runway repairs. Aer Lingus has announced plans to lay off 198 workers and other big airport employers like OCS and Swissport may take a similar stance. This is even though Aer Lingus and others have received large amounts of state funding during the ...

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Review: Inside by Bo Burnham

By Chris Stewart  In late May, comedian and musician Bo Burnham released his new special Inside on Netflix. Created entirely during the coronavirus lockdown, Burnham wrote, directed, performed, and edited the special himself from his home.  Sat alone at his keyboard, similar to the videos which rocketed him to early YouTube fame back in 2006, Burnham gives us an hour ...

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Low pay, high rent: Squeeze on young workers

By Ewan Fitzgerald With society slowly reopening, and with the threat of the Delta variant very present, young workers who have not yet been vaccinated face the most risks to their health as they are forced to return to the workplace. They also still face low wages and high rents, long shifts, and short breaks, and cuts to the PUP ...

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The unending housing crisis: Break with the capitalist market

By Fiona Ryan  The housing crisis is the most urgent issue facing young people today. Two generations face a housing market where homeownership is a fantasy and the ability to rent extortionately priced housing is beyond many people’s grasp. This is fuelled by a feckless political establishment beholden to landlords, speculators and vulture funds. “Build to Rent” developments by investment ...

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Free Britney & fight for the freedom of all women

By Keishia Taylor Britney Spears has cruelly been denied her request to end her legal conservatorship after courageously giving explosive testimony about her years of abuse and coercion under this nightmarish regime. At the hands of her father and other vultures, Britney has been drugged, threatened, forced to work, deprived of money and freedom and, despite wanting another baby, she ...

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Hospitality bosses lobby again for pre-mature re-opening

By Michael O’Brien The loud voices from the hospitality lobby went into hiding in the new year. This was after the “meaningful Christmas” promised by Micheál Martin, which led to the easing of restrictions in December, contributed to skyrocketing levels of infections and the highpoint of mortality. Six months on, these same individuals and their most ardent supporters from the ...

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What lies behind the Mica scandal?

By Catherine Finnegan Thousands of people marched on Dublin’s Convention Centre on 15 June to call for 100% redress for homes affected by the mineral mica. Over 6,000 homes were built throughout the 1990s and early 2000s with defective blocks containing high levels of mica which has resulted in catastrophic cracks and fissures appearing inside and out of people’s homes ...

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